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Owners Meetings: Instant Replay, Back in Black, Neukom PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Maury Brown   
Thursday, 14 August 2008 03:37
MLBIt seems that instant replay will be addressed in baseball before MLB’s blackout policy is.

At Wednesday’s quarterly owners meetings, the topic of putting instant replay into place for the so-called “boundary calls”, possibly as early as the end of the month, and before the playoffs was broached. With instant replay not having to do with MLB rules, no vote by the owners needs to take place. As reported by The AP, MLB COO Bob DuPuy said that as far as the owners are concerned, instant replay is a go.

"There's not any opposition to it that I've heard," DuPuy said.

Commissioner Bud Selig, once a staunch opponent, appears to be more comfortable with the use of replay. Agreements are needed with the players' association and umpires' union.

"We don't need a lot of lead-up," DuPuy said. "What we need is stuff installed, and what we need is people to make sure it's going to work, and what we need is for the umpires to understand the protocol. What we need is to make sure that everyone who's participating understands it."

In other news, any hope of MLB addressing their arcane televison blackout policy has been shelved until the next meeting in November. DuPuy said he wished to collect more information.

Lastly, as expected William Neukom was approved by the executive committee as the new controlling owner of the San Francisco Giants. He is expected to be approved by the owners today.



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